HELENA — Two more victories Saturday afternoon, this time over conference foe Lethbridge, eclipsed two milestones for the Helena Senators: 20 straight wins and a guaranteed berth in the Montana-Alberta American Legion State Tournament that begins July 27 in Billings.
Helena scored double digit runs in both ends of the doubleheader, beating the Elks 13-3 and 13-2.
According to Helena Independent Record columnist and sports historian Curt Synness, the Senators' 20-game win streak is the program's longest in its storied history.
“It’s definitely a pretty cool milestone for them to hit,” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said of the win streak. “We’re gonna keep plugging away. The most important one is that one-game winning streak the last day of state. The streak is pretty cool, but we’re gonna try to keep playing good baseball, stay even, and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
With nine conference wins, Helena is guaranteed to have a better record than at one league opponent. That means the Senators will be one of eight teams to participate at state, and for Helena, it means a chance to repeat.
Helena Senators outfielder Manu Melo was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in Game 1 of Saturday's conference doubleheader against the Lethbridge Elks.